IMP Industrial Seminar: A Data-Driven Approach to Improving Robot Performance, Productivity & Efficiency


G21, Sanderson Building


Friday, November 4, 2022 - 10:00 to 11:00


Automation can benefit from greater use of metrology, especially when the targeted applications are beyond the limits of current spatial localisation performance in robots. Historically, laser trackers or single station stereo-photogrammetry co-ordinate measuring systems have been used, but line of sight issues as well as software integration complexities can limit the applicability of these approaches.

Insphere has developed a measurement system designed to integrate with automation and address the shortcomings of general purpose metrology applied to automation. It provides accurate positional awareness for robots in scalable deployment. In this presentation I will cover the reasons for needing spatial metrology for automation, the fundamental metrological principles underlying the types of measurements required and finally some real-world applications of the IONA measurement system. This will be followed by a demonstration of the system (from 11:00 to 12:30).


Dr Nicholas Southon is a Metrology Engineer and Academic Liaison at Insphere, an innovative metrology company based in Bristol. His work revolves around research and development for the IONA metrology solution. He studied for his MSci in Physics at the University of Nottingham, followed by a PhD in 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing also at the University of Nottingham. This focussed on in-process metrology of powder bed fusion 3D printing. During post-doctoral work at the University of Nottingham he worked on the performance verification of 3D point cloud measurement systems following international standards.

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